A LONG WINTER HARVEST

A LONG WINTER HARVEST

By Dan Philips
It is hard to believe that about four months ago, Pastor Tim, Julie Rolffs, Amy Zeuhls, and I were at Ganta Station in Liberia touring the Ganta School of Nursing. It was an encouraging, uplifting, and eye opening experience seeing where our church’s support has been going, and to meet the students we have been supporting.
 
Much has happened in the world since then, and my mind and heart keep wondering how the students, administration, and population of Ganta and Liberia are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. We came back remembering how “hard” it was for us to deal with no safe running water for the couple weeks we were there. Think about an entire country or continent that has little, if any safe running water and an economy that depends on face to face interaction to survive.
 
Lessons learned during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia six years ago are helping the West African country to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which is working alongside the World Health Organization (WHO) on surveillance and the coordination of contact tracing.
 
We all know how hard it is for first world countries to stay sanitary, to socially distance, and to deal with the medical situations brought on by the current crisis.  Think about dealing with all of these challenges in a country and culture like Liberia that is still trying to rebuild from the Ebola crisis and a civil war.
 
Which brings us back to Winter Harvest. Those little plastic containers that many of you still have at home are going to be more important than ever when we eventually gather them up. The funds will help us continue to support nursing students, and the Ganta School of Nursing, in training the healthcare “heroes” of tomorrow in Liberia.
 
Please keep praying for Liberia and please keep adding change to those little buckets; so that when we are able to collect this Winter Harvest, it will be a bountiful blessing to our brothers and sisters in Liberia that will make a difference for generations to come.